Australian News and Analysis

WA: Mining sector job losses

WA: Mining sector job losses

Australian News and Analysis July 24, 2014 at 3:06 pm

Iron ore dominates the Western Australian mining landscape in the Pilbara region. With the recent decline in iron ore prices the profit margins of many mining companies such as BHP and Rio Tinto have been hit quite aggressively. By Matt Myers, Socialist Party The decline in iron ore prices is [...]

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Minimum wage failing to keep up with living costs

Minimum wage failing to keep up with living costs

Australian News and Analysis July 24, 2014 at 3:02 pm

From July 1 the legal minimum wage for workers in Australia was increased to $16.87 per hour. This represents an increase of 3% or just $18.70 per week. The change was handed down by the Fair Work Commission in their yearly wage review decision. By Ben Convey, Socialist Party While [...]

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Majority oppose NSW electricity privatisation

Majority oppose NSW electricity privatisation

Australian News and Analysis July 23, 2014 at 11:27 am

Michael Baird, the recently appointed NSW Premier, has announced the proposed sale of 49% the state’s electricity poles and wires. Baird has said that at the next election he will be seeking a mandate for privatisation, in effect making it a referendum. By Gary Duffy, Socialist Party In February 2014 [...]

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Activists picket refugee deportation

Activists picket refugee deportation

Australian News and Analysis July 23, 2014 at 11:07 am

In early June about 50 people picketed the MITA refugee detention centre in Broadmeadows on the outskirts of Melbourne. The emergency protest was called upon hearing the news that 14 asylum seekers were to be deported from the MITA centre to the detention camp on Christmas Island. By Anthony Main, [...]

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Queenslanders cop a double hit of budget cuts

Queenslanders cop a double hit of budget cuts

Australian News and Analysis July 21, 2014 at 5:14 pm

The austerity agenda of the ruling Liberal National Party (LNP) in Queensland, led by Premier Campbell Newman, is set to enter a new phase. By Conor Flynn, Socialist Party Last month Treasurer Tim Nicholls unveiled the LNP’s third budget. The centrepiece was a $33.6 billion plan to privatise public assets [...]

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Uni bosses step up persecution

Uni bosses step up persecution

Australian News and Analysis July 18, 2014 at 11:49 am

University bosses around Australia have escalated their campaign of intimidation against students and staff fighting job, class and wage cuts. The latest case has seen the Vice President of the University of Sydney Union (USU), Tom Raue, singled-out and banned from campus for the last month of his elected term. [...]

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Socialist Party statement on the Australian political situation

Socialist Party statement on the Australian political situation

Australian News and Analysis July 15, 2014 at 10:27 am

The following statement was discussed and agreed upon at the 2014 Socialist Party National Conference held in Melbourne on July 11, 12 &13. Since our last Conference there has been a palpable rise in a very basic political awareness amongst millions of Australians. This is not a class consciousness, let [...]

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For a 24-hour national strike against Abbott’s budget!

For a 24-hour national strike against Abbott’s budget!

Australian News and Analysis July 11, 2014 at 3:36 pm

Less than a year since the Abbott government was elected its support in the polls has plummeted. At the same time a movement against the Liberals is gathering momentum. The biggest street marches since the fall of John Howard have taken place showing the potential to mobilise people into action [...]

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Oppose the Cambodian refugee deal

Oppose the Cambodian refugee deal

Australian News and Analysis July 8, 2014 at 3:57 pm

The recent release of an in-principle agreement between Australia and Cambodia that would allow refugees to be sent to Cambodia for resettlement shows that there are no limits to the draconian policies being pursued by the Australian government. By Tim Tran, Socialist Party If approved this would mean that about [...]

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What strategy should the anti-Abbott movement adopt?

What strategy should the anti-Abbott movement adopt?

Australian News and Analysis July 4, 2014 at 3:59 pm

Editorial comment from the July 2014 edition of The Socialist The harsh measures outlined in the federal government’s budget have provoked an outpouring of anger across the country. This anger has expressed itself in a number of protests and even in some limited industrial action in some states. The protests, [...]

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